The Rise of a King and Universal Peace (Isaiah 11; Isaiah 12)

Scripture reading – Isaiah 11; Isaiah 12

Isaiah had prophesied the virgin birth of a future King (Isaiah 7:14), and stated His titles and divine attributes (Isaiah 9:6-7). Yet, that prophet had also prophesied how Israel would be devastated by an Assyrian invasion, and the people would be taken into captivity (Isaiah 10).

When all seemed lost, Isaiah foretold the fall of Assyria (10:10-19), and the return of a remnant of Israel to the land (10:20-23). Having prophesied the sorrows and afflictions Israel and Judah would soon face, he encouraged them to look for the coming of the Messiah King who would rule the earth, and whose reign would usher in universal peace (11:6-9).

Isaiah 11 – The King is Coming

The Lineage of the Messiah King (11:1)

The future King would be born of David’s lineage, and was described as “a rod [shoot or sprout] out of the stem of Jesse [father of king David], and a Branch [living sprout] shall grow out of His roots” (11:1; 53:2). He would be a royal son and rightful heir to the throne of Israel (Isaiah 11:1).

Attributes of the Messiah King (11:2-5)

The coming King will be divine in nature, for “the spirit of the LORD [would] rest upon Him” (11:2a). With “the spirit of wisdom and understanding” (11:2b), he will be a discerning, wise counselor. He will be mighty (11:2c), and will know the plans and purpose of the LORD, for he will have “the spirit of knowledge,” (11:2d). His desire will be to fear the LORD, and please Him (11:2e; Luke 22:42).

Notice also that the coming King will be omniscient, and “shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears” (11:3). He will be an impartial, “righteous” judge (11:4), giving no favor to the poor or the rich.

He will be a righteous ruler, addressing the sins that have corrupted the earth since the fall of man, and condemning the wicked (11:4). He will be a righteous, faithful judge (11:5).

The Reign of the Messiah King: He will bring universal peace. (11:6-9)

Many kings and rulers have vowed their reign would usher in an utopia and promised universal peace. Religions have proposed theirs was the way to lasting peace, and religious and political leaders have promised their efforts would prepare the way for universal peace.

There will indeed be a day of universal peace, but only when the Prince of Peace rules the world from the throne of David. The sin of man caused the earth to be cursed (Romans 8:18-23), and only the King Himself can usher in a new kingdom and promised peace. Isaiah prophesied, when the LORD reigns on the earth, old animosities will be banished (11:6-9).

Isaiah 11:6–96The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, And the leopard shall lie down with the kid; And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. 7And the cow and the bear shall feed; Their young ones shall lie down together: And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, And the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea.

Israel Gathered Out of the Midst of the Nations (11:10-16)

As promised, when the “root of Jesse” [Jesus Christ] reigns, the children of Israel will be gathered to their land out of the midst of the nations of the world (10:10-11). The LORD will be the “ensign of the people” (11:10, and “for the nations” (11:12), and the “outcasts of Israel” (exiles), and the “dispersed of Judah” will be gathered “from the four corners of the earth” (11:12).

Israel and Judah will set aside their animosities (11:13). As the LORD delivered Israel out of Egypt (11:15), the faithful of Israel will be gathered from all over the world (11:16).

Isaiah 12 – A Song of Salvation

Isaiah 12 begins with the phrase, “And in that day,” thus continuing Isaiah’s prophecy of the coming Messiah (12:1). The six verses of Isaiah 12 are a celebratory song of Israel’s salvation (12:1-6).

With Israel’s heart turned to the LORD, His anger will be turned away” (12:1), and the people will sing, “God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: For the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation” (12:2).

Closing thoughts – When Jesus Christ reigns, the people will worship Him, and Israel will declare to the nations the LORD’S grace and mercies. All the earth will know the LORD “hath done excellent things” (12:5), and Jerusalem will ring with shouts of joy, saying, Great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee” (12:6).

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